I was watching the Challengers championship recently and noticed that the commentators talking about Wesley So’s last game got annoyed that he was aiming for a draw and didn’t really have any fight in him.

A draw was agreed after only 20 odd moves, and that got me thinking - if a top grandmaster were to aim for a draw against AlphaZero for instance, would they always manage? Can a Grandmaster force a draw?


No. It may be difficult to win against a top GM who is playing for a draw, but it's by no means impossible.

If GM's could always draw at will, we could stop all championship matches once either player won a game, since the outcome would be decided. But we don't do that, because the outcome is not decided after one player gets one win.

  • It does not follow. – Jossie Calderon May 5 '18 at 2:43
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    @JossieCalderon Carlsen-Karjakin for the 2016 world championship - Carlsen fell behind a game, but caught up. If GM's could always draw, how did this happen? – D M May 5 '18 at 2:54
  • I think @DM means when one player is deciding the championship against the other one (like Carlson and Caruana 12 games), not a championship with multiple players. – Chaotic Jul 3 '19 at 20:03

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